The Fall ACT Test: North Carolina

Getting Started: Test Administration Process Steps

Select your current phase of the test administration process to see resources related to that phase.

 

Step 1: Orientation - Learn about test formats and policies; select test dates and provide shipping information; select test staff and set up accounts.

Step 2: Configuration - verify enrollment for test materials.

Step 3: Accommodation - Learn about accessibility supports; request accommodations and/or supports; request qualified exceptions to the deadline.

Step 4: Preparation -  Order test materials; complete non-test activities; provide examinees test prep information; prepare your facility, staff, and materials; update examinee information.

Step 5: Administration - Administer the test.

Step 6: Transportation: Return test materials..

Step 7: Interpretation - Access and understand score reports; share reporting information with examinees.

Important Dates

The Schedule of Events contains all dates and deadlines for North Carolina's test event. Check it frequently to stay on  track for testing.

Test Dates

  • Initial Test Date—standard time test date: October 5, 2021
  • Initial Test Window—accommodations and/or supports: October 5 – 8 and October 11 – 15, 2021
  • Make-Up Test Date—standard time test date: October 19, 2021
  • Make-Up Test Window—accommodations and/or supports: October 19 – 22 and October 25, 2021
  • Emergency1 Test Date—standard time test date: November 2, 2021
  • Emergency1 Test Window—accommodations and/or supports: November 2 – 5 and November 8, 2021

1 Schools must obtain permission from the NCDPI to utilize the emergency test date/window. Refer to the NCDPI Annual Testing Program School Calendar Conflict Request form for more information.

Documents will be replaced as they become available for Fall 2021 testing.

Help and Contact

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ACT General Questions:
800.525.3731
contact form

Accommodations
800.525.3731, press 2
ACTStateAccoms@act.org

State Policy Questions:
Please contact your Regional Accountability Coordinator (RAC). For answers to Frequently asked questions for NC  state testing, please see the FAQ's under Orientation Section: Learn about State Testing.

Step 1: Orientation

Before Testing: Get started with your testing program.

Learn about Test Formats and Policies

Resources:

Select Test Dates and Verify Shipping Address (Manage Participation)

Dates:

calendarAugust 2 – 20, 2021

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Select Test Staff and Set Up Accounts

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Tip: When the district test coordinator changes the school test coordinator in PearsonAccessnext, remember to deactivate the existing test coordinator's user account. Updates need to be completed in two places: the manage contacts screen and creating a new user account.

Step 2: Configuration

Before Testing: Ensure systems are set up and data is submitted for testing.

Verify Enrollment Counts

Dates:

calendarAugust 2 – November 2, 2021

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Tip: To verify accommodations/supports counts, run an Accommodations and Supports Roster in PearsonAccessnext.

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Step 3: Accommodation

Before Testing: Identify student needs for accommodations and/or supports.

Learn about Accessibility Supports

Request Accommodations and/or English Learner (EL) Supports

Request Qualified Exceptions to the Deadline

calendarAugust 9 – October 1, 2021

Websites:

Resources:

Tip: Reconsideration is used if you submitted a request for accommodations that was denied. Qualified Exceptions to the Deadline is for limited reasons as indicated on the form.

Tip: If selecting the qualified exceptions date in TAA, make sure to attach the Qualified Exceptions to the Deadline Form in the request.

Step 4: Preparation

Before Testing: Prepare students, staff, facilities, and materials for testing.

Order Test Materials

Dates:

calendarInitial Test Window: August 30 – September 10, 2021

calendarMake-Up Test Window: October 5 – 7, 2021

calendarEmergency Test Window1: October 19 – 21, 2021

1 Schools must obtain permission from the NCDPI to utilize the emergency test window. Refer to the NCDPI Annual Testing Program School Calendar Conflict Request form for more information.

Websites:

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Tip: If additional materials are needed for examinees authorized by ACT to test with accommodations/supports, call the ACT Accommodations team.

Tip: You can track test materials shipments using Orders & Shipment Tracking. See the View Status and Shipment Information section in the PearsonAccessnext User Guide.

Complete Non-Test Activities

Dates:

calendarAfter materials arrive

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Tip: To provide visibility into the non-test information process, schools will have access to a new daily Student Code Usage Status report after receiving their first shipment of materials. This report is posted in the Published Reports section in PearsonAccessnext. Refer to the Accessing Reports section of PearsonAccessnext User Guide for instructions. This report contains “Yes” or “No” to indicate students who have not used their Student Code or not completed college choices.

Provide Examinees Test Prep Information

Prepare Your Facility, Staff, and Test Materials

Resources:

  • Test Facilities (manual section – select the first result listed after applying search filters)
  • Test Staff (manual section – select the first result listed after applying search filters)
  • Test Materials (manual section – select the first result listed after applying search filters)
  • Test Administration (manual section – select the first result listed after applying search filters)

Training:

Update Examinee Information

Dates:

calendarAugust 2 – November 2, 2021

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Step 5: Administration

During Testing: Have a successful test administration.

Administer the Test

Dates:

calendarInitial Test Date—standard time test date: October 5, 2021

calendarInitial Test Window—accommodations and/or supports: October 5 – 8 and October 11 – 15, 2021

calendarMake-Up Test Date—standard time test date: October 19, 2021

calendarMake-Up Test Window—accommodations and/or support: October 19 – 22 and October 25, 2021

calendarEmergency1 Test Date—standard time test date: November 2, 2021

calendarEmergency1 Test Window—accommodations and/or supports: November 2 – 5 and November 8, 2021

1 Schools must obtain permission from the NCDPI to utilize the emergency test date/window. Refer to the NCDPI Annual Testing Program School Calendar Conflict Request form for more information.

Resources:

Forms

Administration Manuals

Supplements

Video

Tip: Ensure you are using the correct materials for your test date and type to avoid cancellation of scores.

Tip: If you are testing an examinee authorized for English learner supports, have the ACT-Authorized Bilingual Word-to-Word Dictionaries list handy to verify at check in that the examinee’s dictionary can be used for testing.

Step 6: Transportation

After Testing: Send materials and data back to ACT.

Return Test Materials

Dates:

calendarInitial Test Date—Standard Time Testing Materials Receipt Deadline: October 12, 2021

calendarInitial Test Window—Accommodations Testing Materials Receipt Deadline: October 22, 2021

calendarMake-Up Test Date—Standard Time Testing Materials Receipt Deadline: October 26, 2021

calendarMake-Up Test Window—Accommodations Testing Materials Receipt Deadline: November 1, 2021

calendarEmergency Test Date—Standard Time Testing Materials Receipt Deadline: November 9, 2021

calendarEmergency Test Window—Accommodations Testing Materials Receipt Deadline: November 15, 2021

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Tip: Do not return unused answer documents from initial testing. Use those for makeup testing.

Tip: Return answer documents following testing so they arrive at ACT by the receipt deadline listed on the Schedule of Events and can be scored.

Tip: Return all ACT-authorized accommodations materials at the end of the testing window, rather than returning materials for individual examinees as they complete testing.

Tip: If you receive an additional order, write your high school name and code on the return shipping labels.

Step 7: Interpretation

After Testing: Interpret score reports and test data.

Access and Understand Score Reports

Dates:

calendarSee your Score Report Schedule for release dates

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Share Reporting Information with Examinees